Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater FFA Earns Honors at MJC Skills Competition
The Atwater High School FFA judging teams earned the Modesto Junior College FFA Field Day Sweepstakes Award with seven individual Career Development Event teams competing and the annual MJC FFA Field Day on March 24th. Over 2400 high school agriculture students representing over 100 high schools across the State of California participated in the 66th annual FFA Field Day in various agriculture skills and application contests. The Nursery & Landscape team led the pack with 1st place team finish with the Atwater FFA Poultry (1st overall), Milk Quality and Dairy Foods (2nd overall), and Farm Business Management (4th overall).
The Atwater FFA Poultry team of Anna Lozano (1st high individual), Alfredo Elizarraraz, Emmanuel Mejia, and Sayra Ramos placed 1st high team overall in a contest that blends practical hands-on experiences with a basic knowledge of the poultry industry required for careers in the poultry field. Other Atwater FFA contestants included Hannah Carrillo, Jay Dugdale, Olivia Cone, and Stefanie Angulano.
The Atwater FFA Milks Quality and Dairy Foods team of Callie Norton, Luke van Warmerdam, Kendyll Cruz, and Anthony Frontella placed 2nd overall in a contest where students demonstrate their knowledge and skills in milk quality (tasting), cheese identification, real vs imitation dairy foods, and a written exam on the dairy industry.
The Atwater FFA Farm Business Management team placed 4th overall. The team was comprised of Belinda Espinoza, Liliana Vargas, Ricardo Ortega, and Zion Brigham. The Farm Business Management CDE helps students learn business skills and apply economic principles to agricultural businesses. Contest focus areas include business record keeping, depreciable property, and tax management.
The Atwater FFA Floriculture team of Arely Venegas-Avalo, Faith Ceja, Hayley Vargas, and Kathy Vargas placed 7th overall. The competition involves plant identification, application of “hands-on” floral arrangements, and industry related floral skills.
The Atwater FFA Agronomy judging team of Flor Agundis, Elisabeth Garner, Luz Soto, and Maria Ruelas placed 7th overall in a contest that involves the study field crops and weeds with students responsible for the identification of nearly 200 crops and plants, seed, bean, and hay evaluation, and an oral presentation pertaining to their evaluations.
The Atwater FFA Nursery and Landscape team of Brissa Garcia, Noemi Perez, and Vanessa Varela placed 9th overall in a contest that involves demonstrated knowledge and skills in their plant identification, plant selection & evaluation, transplanting, and written exam on all aspects of horticulture and the horticulture industry.
The Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team of Daisy Flores-Mota, Joel Rojas, and Marie Croado placed 13th overall in a contest involving hands on application skills in woodworking, electrical, oxy-fuel welding & cutting skills, tool identification, and a written exam on all aspects of agriculture mechanics.
The Modesto Junior College FFA Field Day is designed to showcase students’ “hands-on” and technical skills in various agriculture related fields. “Students apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-life job skill environments,” said FFA advisor Sam Meredith. “We have a group of students that take tremendous pride towards their work ethic and skill development in a variety of agricultural related skills and occupations.” The FFA judging competitions continue with Reedley College, Cosumnes River College, Fresno State University, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo scheduled in the coming two months.
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